KIM, Colo. (AP) — Light rain has helped slow the growth of a lightning-sparked wildfire burning on Colorado’s southeastern plains.
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control says the fire in canyon land 10 miles northwest of Kim burned 18.6 square miles and was 50% percent contained as of Sunday. There are few structures threatened by the Cherry Canyon Fire but firefighters are working to suppress it to protect grazing land, water and livestock that are vital to the ranching area’s economy. Another nearby fire has burned 120 acres and was also 50% contained. The cause of that fire isn’t known.